Definition of interloper in English:
- That I am a stranger, an interloper, who does not belong in this amazing, fantastical world.
- But it also stoked public fear of an invisible horde of foreign interlopers.
- This time last year I seemed at best a guest and at worst an interloper in a foreign space.
An interloper was originally an unauthorized trader trespassing on the rights of a trade monopoly. The word was coined in the late 16th century, and is truly a hybrid. The first element derives from Latin inter ‘between, among’, while the second is extracted from landloper, an old word for a vagabond or tramp taken from Dutch.
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